Wednesday, October 05, 2005

SF Mayor - The "right" to WiFi

Via GeekWitha45:

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who became internationally known for his campaign a year ago to legalize gay marriage, said on Monday he considered wireless Internet access a fundamental right of all citizens.
Municipal wireless access is a fundamental right? It belongs side by side on the list of rights like speech, religion, arms, freedom, property, etc? While it may seem like a good idea or something that may benefit a few and make them more productive, it isn't a fundamental right. Come on - lets reserve tha label for things that actually matter.

And lets ignore for a second the irony of his statement when contrasted with the innate desire to totally ban handguns in SF. The "right to bear arms," a right so fundamental that the framers of the Constitution listed it second in priority only to freedom of speech, press and religion, is being denied to the same citizens who are now being pacified with this "fundamental right" to wireless access.

I am reminded of a quote...what was it again. Oh, yeah.

It's not an endlessly expanding list of rights – the "right" to education, the "right" to health care, the "right" to food and housing. That's not freedom, that's dependency. Those aren't rights, those are the rations of slavery – hay and a barn for human cattle.

-- Alexis De Tocqueville